Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gone Fishing.

I'm about to go fishing for a while. (I don't really fish. I used to sit by the river while Mr. King fished and write in a tiny book about things. I have no idea where that book is, now that I mention it. I'm guessing it's in the attic here with everything else I never unpacked 8 years ago when I moved in.)

Anyway.

Two bits of cool news before I pack up and head off.

1. ASK THE PASSENGERS was a Los Angeles Library Best Teen book of 2012. See the entire list here.

2. ASK THE PASSENGERS landed on the 2013 Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices list. This is awesome. CCBC is such a great organization.

ALSO, BRADFORD, PA READERS

MY 3/20 EVENT AT UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH BRADFORD HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEEK.


NEW DATE & TIME 
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, BRADFORD:
TUESDAY, MARCH 26TH 6:30PM


So.
I've been writing a book.
My goal is to have 20,000 words written by April-ish.
It's a cool book.
A very cool book.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

21 years is a lot of years

So, today is my anniversary and I'm in the library because Mr. King is working the circ desk and we're going to go out to lunch. In between then, I have to finish the library minutes for tonight's meeting and check the personnel paperwork I'm supposed to have with me for the same meeting.

We'll call this the library anniversary.

Anyway, here's a picture or two of us since I'm no longer all that shy to share things like this here.


That's Mr. King's "Hey you crazy Americans, why are you
throwing birdseed at me?" face.

Yes. I am wearing a leather in this picture.
OTHER NEWS I DIDN'T TELL YOU LAST TIME:

A lovely review appeared in the San Francisco Book Review last week for Ask the Passengers.
An excerpt:
It shouldn’t be a shock to anyone by now that A.S. King has written another masterpiece with Ask the Passengers. The depth and growth of Astrid through her own self-discovery accompanied by friends, family, and the girl she falls in love with make this a book worthy of any shelf.
AND UPCOMING STUFF:

Are you near Bradford, PA? Next Wednesday (3-20) night I'll be speaking on the U of Pittsburgh Bradford campus about all sorts of things from 6-8pm.

ALSO DO NOT MISS THE NYC AUTHOR CARNIVAL!

Details: 
Saturday March 23 
Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Bergen Forum, 2nd Floor, 1-5) 
 1:00-2:10 – Defying Description: Tackling the Many Facets of Identity in YA 7-8:30- Mutual Admiration Society reading at McNally Jackson McNally Jackson, Prince Street 

 Sunday March 24 
1-4pm: Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder Amy will be signing at 2:30-3:15

Okay! Romantic lunch time!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

#43inAZ and Arizona in Pictures

I am giving myself an hour to write this blog.
I will rely on pictures, mostly. But first with the words. (Warning from the future: there is time travel required in order to piece together this story. My brain is fried. Forgive the brain-fried author.)

So, you all know I was headed to Arizona for the Tucson Festival of Books and to sign at the awesome Changing Hands Bookstore. Let me stop here and say just how awesome the Changing Hands Bookstore is. I love this place. It makes me smile all over. I want to hug everyone in the shop when I am there. I do not know why, but this is the phenomenon of Changing Hands.

Anyway, we packed the house for the kickoff for my birthday weekend and I want to thank everyone for coming out to see me. It makes it so special to see familiar faces when I come back to Tempe. It makes me so happy that shopping local means so much to all of you. Yay Tempe! Yay Arizona family! You make me feel so loved. Thank you!

Since we're still talking and not in picture mode yet, I gotta send huge love to Lisa McMann, who not only drove us all around but who is a very amazing friend and a very special person and a very awesome woman and an all around winner. Lisa, you are the win. Thank you so much for everything. Next time, I will christen your pool with 100 laps. I will make sure to come when it's not freezing.

The weather. It was cold. I hadn't expected that even though I saw it on the weather report.
It said 60. I just reckoned it was lying and 60 was warmer than it was here, so I just ignored it, you know?
But 60 is cold.
Especially in Arizona.
But that did not stop people from coming to the Tucson Festival of Books on Saturday. As always, it was a great festival. So many authors! So many great people to see!

Oh. Back up. Let's time travel back to Friday. Friday we went to Casa Grande and visited Casa Grande Union High School where awesome librarian Lisa Morris-Wilkey set up a fantastic day for Lisa, Heather Brewer and me. A great day was had and I love being on stage with Lisa and Heather. We've known each other such a long time now, it's the most natural thing in the world to be with them doing what we love to do.

Also: Friday night I got to call RL Stine "Bob."

ANYWAY. Saturday was boss at the festival. Came home to relax in the hot tub with Joanne Levy (Joanne, does it strike you as a theme that we end up together in water?) who traveled with us all weekend as well (a shout out here to Jen Nielsen, who was with us, too!) and then Sunday was my birthday.

Here's where I thank Heather Brewer for being an amazing person and hanging with me on my birthday. It made my day special and though we didn't really do much except chill out (I had one of the best naps ever--welcome to 43) all day, Heather is the most perfect person to chill out with. Also, she gave me THE COOLEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVAH. (I don't have a picture of it, but I'll give you a hint: it was a very cool squid.)
Then my Arizona family took me out to dinner and we had a real birthday party! #43inAZ. Imagine that. Last birthday party I can remember: when I turned 21. So, it had been a while.
There was cake. (Shannon YOU ROCK.)
I got married to two lovely derby girls. (Two. I am the luckiest honorary derby girl in the whole damn world.)
I had flowers in my hair to prove it.
And there was another squid. This time a boss ceramic squid.
Prediction: when I die, I will be buried with many squid.

Picture time!


Picture thanks to Joanne Levy
Dinner before Changing Hands event with Heather, Faith, Robyn, Joanne, Amy Dominy, Jim Blasingame,
AKA my Changing Hands knight in shining armor, and Lisa. 
Photo thanks to Shannon Bailey
Reading at Changing Hands. The audience asked cool questions.
I read from 2013's REALITY BOY too. I think they dug it.

The Casa Grande Union High School Auditorium before it was packed
with students who actually SANG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me.
You guys ROCKED. Thank you.
This is me and Aaron.
Aaron is totally boss.
Aaron wrote a cool poem that was really really good.
I hope he continues to write poems.
(And maybe make it to a few slams, too. Go Aaron.)

I'm Ted Danson and I don't need no stinkin badges.

Neither of them shared their ice cream. 

Photo Crd: Erin's awesome fiancé
Tom Leveen & me during our panel.
Tom, have you ever seen Monty Python's Life of Brian?
I believe here we are playing the jailer and the jailer's assistant here.
"Well, it's not as n-- n-- n-- n-- n-- n-- n-- n-- no-- no-- no-- not as n-- nasty as something I just thought up, sir."

Photo Crd: Erin's awesome fiancé
Erin Lange rocks. Here she is cracking me up.
Random: I should mention that I ran while eating a bratwurst to get to this panel. 

Photo Crd: Erin's awesome fiancé
I'm tossing this one in there because said awesome 
fiancé caught me in my favorite pose.
This is the pose I make when I talk about the business side of being an author.
The heels of my hands are digging into my forehead so as to guard my eyeballs
from me poking them out on the spot. 
I am a huge fan of Jacqueline Woodson. Huge.
I was so stoked to be on a panel with her.
Fact: only book I brought home from the festival was Summer of the Mariposas
 by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, our fellow panel mate. I can't wait to read it.

Last sunset of my 42nd year. 

Last Mexican meal of my 42nd year.
Also, as Heather Brewer pointed out, there were huge frogs attacking from above.
I AM BADASS SO I ATE THE FROGS BEFORE THEY ATE ME.

The morning of my birthday breakfast, Heather and I found this on the wall of the diner.
We voted to share it with you.

Birthday with airplane. On a bench in the sun in Phoenix.

Derby wives are the most badass wives on planet Earth.
Also: First Mexican meal of my 43rd year. 

Two words: Buttercream icing.
Also note the candles say 34.
Coolest server ever. 
Happy family when I got home yesterday.
Birthday glasses FTW.


Other news:
This blog has now taken me way longer than two hours.
There is a massage chair and Pandora Cuban radio waiting for me.

Remind me to tell you about the lovely review in the the San Francisco Book Review and NYC Author Carnival next time.

Go have fun.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Let's Snuggle

The wind is outrageous.
Philly airport delays are running at least two hours at this point. All I can say is: this had better be over by tomorrow morning at 8 because there is a groovy bookstore, and 86-degree pool, and a hot tub waiting for me in Arizona.

I am just dropping in to tell you about this awesome list of nominees for the Lambda Literary Awards Children's & Young Adult category. There are so many fantastic books on this list, I'm slapping the whole thing right here so we can all snuggle together during this storm.
1.      Adaptation, Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
2.      The Adventure of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik, Flamingo, Rampant
3.      Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Simon & Schuster/ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
4.      Ask the Passengers, A.S. King, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
5.      Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Flux Books
6.      Every Day, David Levithan, Knopf Books for Young Readers
7.      Kiss the Morning Star, Elissa Janine Hoole, Amazon Children�s Publishing
8.      The Miseducation of Cameron Post, emily M. danforth, Balzer + Bray
9.      Personal Effects, E.M. Kokie, Candlewick Press
10.   Silhouette of a Sparrow, Molly Beth Griffin, Milkweed Editions

LET'S SNUGGLE.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The REALITY BOY cover reveal is here.


YOUR MISSION:

IF YOU LIVE ANYWHERE NEAR PHOENIX YOU HAVE A MISSION.

I'LL BE AT CHANGING HANDS BOOKSTORE IN TEMPE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 7TH AT 7PM. I CHALLENGE YOU TO PACK CHANGING HANDS WITH HUMANS TO KICKOFF MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND. #43inAZ 

If you want to pre-order or want a personalized, signed book of mine, now is the time to get one. 




Okay.
I know why you're here.


THE COVER

The day has come! A HUGE thank you to Little, Brown's Liz who worked tirelessly on getting this cover to be just right. I love it and I hope you all do, too.

First, the back cover copy so you can get the gist of what going on here.
Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.  
 Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.  
 In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.

Next, the important info like this:
Publication date: October 22, 2013
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-316-22270-9
Price: $17.99

Then, the big reveal...



Not much more to say after that, is there?

Tell your Phoenix friends to come sing Happy Birthday to me at Changing Hands. Togas optional.
I'll be reading from ASK THE PASSENGERS but will also read the first two chapters of REALITY BOY.



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Introducing Glory O'Brien & St. Paul Read Brave in Pictures

I am on the run.
I have a half hour to write this and then I can totally go roller skating tomorrow.

READ BRAVE:
I didn't get a lot of pictures. But...
St. Paul was awesome. Avalon School was amazing. Students and faculty.
St. Paul Library was fantastic and there were many awesome librarians.
Addendum Bookstore is out of this world. Make sure you get there if you're in St. Paul.

Pictures.

My layover was in Hoth. There was a lot of deicing on the way out.
(Praise the O'Hare miracle!)


The Avalon ANTS wall. Can I repeat how great the students & faculty are here?


Lunch with the Avalon winners on Thursday.
Grooviest students ever.

THIS IS A BAG CONTAINING TWO
PAUL BUNYON AND BABE THE BLUE OX SNOW GLOBES.
You remember that story right?

THIS IS A DRAIN IN AN AIRPORT BATHROOM.
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DRAIN.
MSP Airport wins best bathroom ever.
Doors that open outward. Biggest stalls ever. Place to put luggage.
Hooks in the right place.
And drains like this.

And on the way into that BOSS bathroom, there's a
tile mosaic that's 8 x 10 feet. This is it. Tile mosaic, dude.
Best airport bathroom ever.
Did I mention the Dyson hand dryers?

IN OTHER LARGER NEWS...

This was in Publisher's Weekly Bookshelf this week.



COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOURS...IF YOU'RE NEAR PHOENIX OR TUCSON...


Tucson Festival of Books is next weekend!
My Festival Schedule, Saturday, March 9, 2013

10:30-11:15 Teen and Author Meeting Place Lisa McMann and I will read aloud from one or two new books to a small group of teens and answer questions, etc.  

1:00-2:00  Panel, Overwhelmed? Teens Facing Difficult Issues. With Tom Leveen and Erin Lange.  Followed by book signing in the room 

2:30-3:30  Meth, Death, and Trust:  Difficult Times/Difficult Choices.  Panel with Jackie Woodson and Guadalupe Garcia McCall.  Featured session, followed by book signing in the outside booth

I did it! 
In under a half hour. 
I'll try to take a lot of pictures in Arizona. Birthday weekend. 43 in AZ. 
Nerds in hottubs.
True story. 
Coming soon: Reality Boy cover. I am holding an ARC in my hand right now.